For the sixth year running, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) has received an Excellence in Worksite Wellness award from the Governor's Council of Physical Fitness & Sports and the Vermont Department of Health. This award recognizes MAHHC’s success in creating a workplace that promotes the health and wellness of its employees.
The Governor’s Award was presented to MAHHC at the 2017 Worksite Wellness conference at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington on March 23. At the conference were over 400 business leaders, human resources professionals, and wellness specialists from across the state, who gathered to share, listen, and learn about how to help employees make healthy choices both on and off the job.
MAHHC has been committed to workplace wellness for many years as evidenced by the comprehensive wellness program it created that addresses five key areas of wellness, including physical, nutritional, emotional, occupational, and financial health. Employees of the Hospital enjoy a smoke-free campus and a cafeteria that features wholesome and nutritious food selections. Staffers can also participate in physical fitness programs, and attend classes for weight loss, exercise, yoga, stress reduction, and smoking cessation, most of which are sponsored by MAHHC and offered on site. The Hospital also offers health risk assessments to enable employees to earn insurance premium discounts.
MAHHC’s Human Resources Director Jean Martaniuk oversees the program with the assistance of Wellness Program Manager Sandi Dion. Ms. Dion coordinates all employee wellness efforts with the assistance of a dedicated committee of staff members, including providers, benefit providers, and others.
“Promoting health and wellness in our community is critical to MAHHC’s mission,” say CEO and Chief Medical Officer, Joseph Perras, MD, “and the health of our employees is an essential part of that mission. The Governor’s Award is a welcome recognition of our success and we are pleased to be honored once again.”